The U15s threatened to pull off a fantastic comeback victory over Seagulls on Sunday, only to be hit by two late goals that saw them knocked out of the County Cup at the first hurdle. Despite the defeat, manager Adam Hartley was a proud man and reflected on the performance of his new squad in sending us this report.

“Myself and my coach, Dom, ave finally come back down to earth after what was one of the best games we have ever been involved in! NO words can express how proud we are to be involved with such a great bunch of lads. The first half was obviously a bit of a struggle for us at times, with the opposition taking advantage of the fact we are a brand new team with very limited training and game time. However the second half was a completely different story, with the boys starting to play the we will be intending them to play week in week out.

That way is fast passing, minimum touches, and lots of communication, with a mental strength and determination that will never let us give up.and that’s exactly what we saw in the second half. To come from 4-1 down and bring it back to 4-4 was brilliant and I don’t think that anyone who watched the game, irrespective of what team they supported, could honestly say we didn’t deserve the win. Unfortunately our goalkeeper James Marsh, who played brilliantly throughout the game, suffered a suspected groin injury with ten minutes to go and despite his brave effort to carry on, the opposition scored with four minutes remaining resulting in James having to be taken off. We were playing brilliantly with eleven players and even when we went down to ten men we pushed everyone forward to try and salvage something but unfortunately we were caught short at the back and the opposition scored again.

Despite the result, we would both like to take this opportunity to assure all Horsham fans that the future is very bright indeed!

Horsham: James Marsh, Connor Brown, Tom Searle, Louis Hartley, Max Laker, Kieran Bonner, Kieran Kirby, Harry Kent, Josh Hall, Callum Jones, Ryan Atalay

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